Contact Info

Fr. Francis
Di Spigno, O.F.M.

Executive Director, University Ministries

Debby Mooney
Administrative Assistant, University Ministries


University Ministries welcomes students of all religious affiliations to participate in a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, service learning, social action and community building.  
Our liturgical life, centered around Sunday Eucharist, invites all members of the Bonaventure community to join in various liturgical ministries and many prayer opportunities.  
Bona Buddies, Senior Bona Buddies and Service Learning trips offer creative ways to live and learn with children, elders and cross-cultural communities.  
The Warming House, the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the nation, serves a meal six days a week. 
SEARCH, SBU for Life and Collegiate Peer Ministry are but a few of the other experiences that round out University Ministries. Stop at the Thomas Merton Centerthe building with the smokestack in the center of campusto learn more.  

Mt. Irenaeus and Students For The Mountain

Our premier retreat center, Mt. Irenaeus, is located 32 miles from campus and offers peaceful re-creation, prayer and family-style hospitality. Mountain Community Leaders take leadership roles with the friars and other Franciscans in the ministry of the Mountain, which invites all to relax, hike, work in the garden and share warm conversation and home-cooked meals. 

Franciscan Center for Social Concern

Head to the Thomas Merton Center if you are interested in peace, social justice and the environment. The Franciscan Center for Social Concern seeks new ideas based on the interests of SBU students. Basic principles known as Catholic Social Teaching support our activities.

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Renodin Foundation gives $5,500 to Warming House

Jun 07, 2013 |

The Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation, affiliated with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, recently presented St. Bonaventure University’s Warming House with a grant of $5,500 for perishable foods and life-skills training materials used at the nation’s oldest student-run soup kitchen, located on North Union Street in Olean.

Pictured (from left) are Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries; Maggie Morris, program director for the Warming House; Sr. Rosemary Higgins, O.S.F., board member of the Renodin Foundation; and Susanna Stitt, board chair of the Renodin Foundation.

Stop by, we're always open!

University Ministries is located in the Thomas Merton Center in the heart of campus. We're open to students and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.